Google, Facebook and Microsoft back global plan to ‘eradicate’ online child sexual abuse

A coalition of tech giants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter have backed a five-fold plan to “eradicate” child sexual abuse on the internet.

The group, known as the Technology Coalition, was founded in 2006 with the aim of preventing child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) on the web. It partners with organizations like Unicef and children’s charities, and provides funding and advice to tech platforms on implementing child safety tools.

“The world has changed since we first came together in 2006,” the group said in a statement Thursday. “Technology is more advanced, and there has been an explosion of new internet services, including mobile and online video streaming.”

“The number of people online — more than 4.5 billion in 2020 — has added to the challenge of keeping the internet a safe place. As a result, the technological tools for detecting and reporting CSEA content have become more sophisticated, but so too have the forms of abuse we seek to prevent and eradicate.”

Technology Coalition’s plan to tackle online CSEA has five main goals in mind. The consortium says it will:

• Invest in innovative tech to tackle child sexual abuse material on the web.

• Hold an annual forum with governments, law enforcement and other stakeholders, as well as periodic events.

• Fund independent research into trends around online child exploitation and measures to prevent it.

• Create new systems and develop existing ones for the sharing of information and threats across the industry.

• Share insights on the reporting of child sexual abuse and form a process for firms to benchmark their progress.

Source: CNBC

Author: Kirsi Seppänen